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Balshazar at Mira lago–Brainstorming with J on the libretto

J–When you told me the Sufi circle vision, I told you in Christian Science that the spiritualism thing gets explained as mind thoughts.  They aren’t dismissive of it happening, but pretty much say ‘telepathy happens’.

C–I don’t try to “validate” or explain such experiences. I prefer to fully experience then. The need to explain/categorize gets in way of that experience. As well as re-experience through memory and ritual

J–I get that. I don’t reflect on my telepathic experiences much. Sometimes I tell myself that’s being not much of a scientist, though. Like I said before, my stance is often to both simultaneously believe & not believe. I do flatter myself that it is quantum thinking, but it could also be intellectual laziness to not decide. Skillful means does tend to conserve energy when possible.

C–Jung wrote of a “dangerous game being played by his patient. Someone who, by a kind of cynical, dialectical reasoning, refused to take a stand–to make a moral choice.

J–My dad was kind of a hotshot, a heavy coffee drinker & cigarette smoker. He earned enough to build us a waterfront house, and died at 56 of lung cancer. I remember my mom asking me why I do everything in such a half-assed way.  I didn’t tell her it was because I don’t want to burn out like my dad.

Being lazy is not well regarded by our ‘work ethic’ culture. I think I’m dangerously transgressive about thinking things through for myself; but not in a work myself into a lather kind of way. I agree with you that not choosing–being too woo woo–is not only dishonest, but dangerous.

The history of spiritualism in the 19th century does not inspire confidence.

On the issue of being too woo-woo:  I’m stubborn about trying to make sense, even when talking about metaphysical things. I don’t see much of that going on in New Age thought.

Do you know the origin of the term metaphysical?  It’s not from ‘above physics’. Metaphysics was one of Aristotle books.  It was ‘meta’ because it came after his physics books in his oeuvre.

C–Maybe the “dangerous game” is attachment to non-duality.

J–I would agree with that.

C–Attachment to non-attachment. How does one “make sense” of that?

J–I’ve read that in buddhist meditation, the locus of activity in the brain moves away from the ordinary survival regions.  I get how reflection on emptiness could activate different insight circuits.  But like that quote i sent you a while ago says: “There is no cure for someone who is addicted to emptiness.” We go on a vision quest in our meditative mind for our dream world insight; but eventually must attend to survival needs. Like the Buddha said – the strings of our instrument should be neither too tight nor too slack.

C–I think this very relevant to propaganda issue and Evola’s spiritual racism, Bannon etc. They are exploiting that tendency, that weakness. It relates to false equivalence. And maybe false dichotomy as well.

In branding it’s called managing perceptions.  Often it’s the occupied/colonized whose perceptions are to be so managed. This involves varying degrees of psychological warfare. This is very relevant today, though I can’t explain the dynamic. But I do think Bernie supporters may be playing some form of this game.

J–I don’t track them at all

C–It’s an example maybe of how dangerous game plays out in politics.  And how this affliction is exploited by master propagandists like Putin.

J–It doesn’t evoke much for me. I see Bernie as passe.

C–I may be off base about Bernie Bros. But I do think the dangerous game is relevant to propaganda and spiritual racism, Evola, and Bannon.

J–It sounds like you have your suspicions there.  I’d be curious to see what develops for you.

C–I plan to recycle these threads into a written piece on it. To sketch it out.

J–If nothing else, this dramatic imagery could be used for your paintings. We brainstorm an opera, then you get material for your art.

I had an idea today. We could act out these signal dialogues into a movie. Clean up the dialogue so that we seem smarter of course.

C–Now we are getting somewhere. We can work our dialogue into the libretto, with Greek chorus, commenting on action. We need some romance. Vicky and Lily could enter, stage left in soprano duet:” So these guys are writing an opera? What a laugh.”

J–“Craig storms off angrily after bird shit argument. fade to black.  finis.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Orobouros and the Alt Right

I had been reading in Julius Evola’s book, the  Hermetic Tradition, about the Alchemical image of the Orobouros—the snake biting it’s own tail.  I first tried to tackle this ponderous work some 20 years ago, after I saw that Carl Jung cited it as source material for his classic book, Psychology and Alchemy.  I again returned to it recently when I’d heard that the alt right was greatly influenced by Evola’s dark, cyclical view of history, as well as his particular brand of arcane, spiritual racism.
I then saw an article by Maureen Dowd, who compared Donald Trump to the Orobouros.  I took this synchronicity as sign I should further meditate on this ancient image of western esotericism as a way to gain a more holistic view of a dangerously polarized political landscape which loomed beyond the hermetically sealed world of the dogfish Bay Marina.
Dowd writes of 45’s isolation by an inner circle who shelter him against the verities of the exterior world, parrot his mad ejaculations, and compound his delusional paranoia.  She evokes the Orobouros to point out his self -destructive qualities.
This mandala has long been contemplated by spiritual adepts who sought awakening to ultimate truth of Unity.  Evola says it represents not so much a philosophical concept as much as a state beyond the dichotomies of I and not-I, inside and outside.  According to the literature, the full realization of this state is the “first matter of the wise.”
In the tradition, this unitary awareness is the beginning of the great work.  But in Evola’s dark, elitist, and apocalyptic elaboration, this work is a cyclic process that, after ages of decline brought about by egalitarianism, multi-culturalism, and democratic “leveling,” heralds the triumphant return of the golden age.  He views history as a cycle of degeneration and regeneration which turns in a series toward its ultimate realization in the re-establishment of a hyper-masculine, solar king which dawns only after violent revolution upsets the status quo.  The losers swept up in this upheaval are expendable, and quaint notions like charity, love, and compassion are jettisoned for the profits of a corporate elite.  Evola may have attained some degree of genuine insight into the spiritual truth expressed by the Orobouros, as well as to how that essential unity is not obstructed by its infinite manifestations (dharmas) in the field of space and time.  Evola studied the Pali cannon of the Hinayana (lesser vehicle) Buddhism, which focuses on self liberation from the cycles of existence (Samsara.)  In contrast, the Mahayana (greater vehicle) stressed the cultivation of loving kindness as not only ethical, but the means by which we awaken to the ultimate truth of essential unity even while working to aleviate suffering in the relative world of Samsara.
  As long as we have not realized that the mode of being of our mind resides in the union of relative truth and absolute truth—a realization that corresponds to awakening—these two truths are seen as separate instead of being seen in their original unity.
Bokar Rimpoche
From the viewpoint of ultimate truth, the dichotomy between positive and negative lacks reality, but from the perspective of relative truth, the karmic results of negative actions are inevitable.  The cultivation of loving kindness is essential until ultimate truth is realized.
  This fundamental split between the two understandings of the unitary state—symbolized by the Orobouros– is reflected in the polarized debates surrounding health care and immigration. Republicans seem to champion only the needs of those inside the adamant circumference of racial and economic privilege.
  One of the strangest aspects of our rancorous, political debate is how these venerable teachings are spun by intellectuals of the alt right; and how Evola’s  brand of spiritual fascism provides ideological cover for the rise of global fascism.
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Mochtar

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I named him after the Indonesian novelist, Mochtar Lubis.

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The Valley of Elah

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TOWER–Old drawing reworked

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Moving out

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A Spring Poem

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Dump run by Barge

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Knowing when to quit

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An intermediate post about the In Between

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